Canines now welcome in Onset coffee shop

By Matthew Bernat | May 03, 2017
Photo by: Andrea Ray Dog Days Coffee, located in Onset, earned approval from the Board of Health on Wednesday to allow canines into the coffee shop.

Need some pep in your step while walking your pooch in Onset? A cup of joe and a place for your pet to rest indoors will be available at a new cafe following a Board of Health decision on Wednesday.

Board members voted to amend a health code, giving the green light to Tracy Knowles, owner of Dog Days Coffee, to welcome canines into the shop.

Knowles, who along with her husband Troy, owns the adjacent Sinners & Saints Tattoo and Piercing. The couple opened the cafe, located at 2 W Central Ave., in April. The plan from the start was to create a place for dog lovers to congregate, helping to liven up downtown Onset.

“We wanted to bring some life back to where the blues cafe was,” said Knowles. “There’s been nothing there for so long.”

She said with so many dog lovers in Onset, the canine-themed cafe seemed a perfect fit.

Board of Health members agreed, giving there enthusiastic support to the business. Chair Amy Wiegandt said after visiting the shop she was impressed with the Knowles’ operation and saw no problem allowing animals in the store.

Knowles noted that the store is now open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, the store is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, with summer coming she may expand those hours to give customers a place to gather at night.

Knowles also made note of the fact that the business is owned and operated by military veterans or family members of veterans. In the store, each coffee blend is named after a canine war veteran. Ten percent of the coffee shop’s proceeds will go to Mission K9 Rescue, a nonprofit focused on finding retired military dogs good homes.

Comments (11)
Posted by: Snowman | May 04, 2017 08:56

Well everyone done.

Posted by: BeachLover | May 04, 2017 09:20

Can't wait to try this out with my little 8 pound terror.  So good to see town cooperating with new ventures.

Posted by: Rosebud | May 04, 2017 14:04

At the risk of sounding like " Debby Downer," the Selectmen and Board of Health shoud keep in mind that many of us have severe allergies to dogs, cats, etc.  I cannot be in the presence of more than 1 dog or I have trouble breathing and suffer with other symptoms.

I wish this business much success, but I am unable to support you as a customer.

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | May 04, 2017 16:06

At the risk of sounding like "Mr. Donnie Downer" I concur fleabags & coffee sounds "barf" i'll take my business across the street.  But best to you.

Posted by: cranky pants | May 04, 2017 17:00

Risk well taken, you both sound like downers. There's methadone clinics here in Wareham, I don't need it so I won't go there. I'm allergic to seafood but I won't go calling out any of the twenty places in town that serve it...

There's better threads in this public forum to pick guys, let's go channel energy there.

I don't drink much coffee, but I'll gladly go in to support them.

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | May 04, 2017 17:03

Crap pants calm energy?! I get it Mr. Zen...was just sharing my opinion geeeez

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | May 04, 2017 17:13



Posted by: cranky pants | May 04, 2017 17:15

Name calling... how cute. What are you 6 years old ? You were dogging the establishment so I was offering my opinion as well. Get your panties out of a knot and relax, summer is just about here.

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | May 04, 2017 17:17


Posted by: TROLL BY THE SEA | May 04, 2017 21:06

Much love to the owners of this innovative, locally owned small business. Not only are they run by and hire vets, they plan to donate money to military service dogs! Bless them for providing the community with a very well intentioned establishment. This is truly what we need more of in the small towns of this wonderful country.

That being said, I can't help but say I am absolutely appalled at the comments below this article. I am at a loss for words...really, they speak for themselves. If any of you here that like to complain, have a better way that YOU serve and benefit the community, please raise your hands. Is your negativity really what we need more of these days?

Posted by: Rosebud | May 05, 2017 12:52

Cranky, there's a slight difference between an allergy to seafood and one to dogs and cats.  The point is that more and more public places are allowing "service" animals, and one only needs to get near an animal to have a reaction; and I enjoy breathing!

I hope Dog Days is very successful, as it's a great idea.

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